Celebrating 22 years of World Book Day on the 7th March 2019, schools across the country have an excellent opportunity to get involved and support the development and appreciation of reading.
To help you along the way, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite inclusive books on SEND.
I see things differently, P Thomas (2014)
Psychotherapist and counsellor Pat Thomas puts her gentle, yet straightforward approach to work in this new addition to Barron s highly acclaimed A First Look At…Series. This book will help children understand what autism is and how it affects someone who has it. A wonderful catalyst for discussion that will help children to better understand and support autistic classmates or siblings. The story line is simple and easily accessible to younger children, who will learn that exploring the personal feelings around social issues is a first step in dealing with them.
Different like me, J Elder (2005)
Eight-year-old Quinn, a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, tells young readers about the achievements and characteristics of his autism heroes, from Albert Einstein, Dian Fossey and Wassily Kandinsky to Lewis Carroll, Benjamin Banneker and Julia Bowman Robinson, among others. All excel in different fields, but are united by the fact that they often found it difficult to fit in-just like Quinn.
Autism is… Ymkje Wideman-van der Laanm (2012)
Logan overhears his grandma tell her friend he has autism, and he asks her: “Autism is…?” She explains it to him in this beautifully illustrated story.
All my stripes S Rudolph & D Royer (2015)
In All My Stripes, Zane the zebra feels different from the rest of his classmates. He worries that all they notice about him is his “autism stripe.” With the help of his Mama, Zane comes to appreciate all his stripes – the unique strengths that make him who he is!
When my worries get too big Kari Dunn Buron (2013)
Now with a special section on evidence-based teaching activities for parents and teachers alike, this bestselling children s classic just became even better and more relevant. Engaging and easy to read, this illustrated children’s book is filled with opportunities for children to participate in developing their own self-calming strategies. Children who use the simple strategies in this charming book, illustrated by the author, will find themselves relaxed and ready to focus on work or play!
Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets (Adventures of Everyday Geniuses) B Esham (2015)
David’s teacher asks for a parent conference when David’s behaviour distracts the rest of the class. David, however, comes up with his own wiggle fidget cures that he shares at the meeting, combining creativity and practicality that just may help others with the wiggle fidgets. Part of The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses series.
Shelley the hyperactive Turtle D Moss (2006)
Focusing on AD/HD, this children’s book follows Shelley through some bumpy times at school, on the bus, and with other kids. His worried mother takes him to the doctor, where she and Shelley answer questions about his behaviour, and he plays with puzzles and blocks – activities that a child would typically experience during an AD/HD evaluation.
Strong and Mighty Max K Gray (2016)
Strong and Mighty Max is just like any other child his age, apart from his shorter limbs. He explains how the doctor first told his parents that he was born with achondroplasia and what this actually means. This beautifully illustrated book encourages children to celebrate that each one of us is unique and different in some way. It encourages people to not focus on outward appearances, but to look at the heart. We can all dream big, and, just like Max, your life can be a great adventure. Aimed at 0-7 year olds.
Worries go away K Gray and L Wildish (2015)
When a little girl feels worried she goes into a world of her own. At first the world is full of cream cakes and cola but soon the worries begin to take hold… Only her family and friends can help.
I love you Natty H and M Goleniowska (2014)
Mia, now 10, became a big sister at the age of two. Her parents sought for a bright and modern sibling support book that would explain why her baby sister needed to spend some time in hospital and why she needed a little extra support. Several years on and Mia began leaving notes and poems for Natty. Mum Hayley collected them and they became the basis for Mia’s first book, together with the family’s snap shots.
If you’re so smart why can’t you spell Mississippi? B Esham (2016)
Lovely book to reassure dyslexics everywhere that just because they can’t spell, doesn’t mean they aren’t intelligent.
It’s called Dyslexia J Moore-Mallinos (2007)
When we read this book with our 10 yr old Son, he smiled. It made him feel relaxed knowing that he wasn’t the only one experiencing problems with words and reading and, with lots of work and practice he can learn how to listen, read, and write without so much difficulty.
A welcome relief for him from the pressure and worry of everyday school life now that he knows he has Dyslexia, it’s like a big weight lifted from his shoulders.